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Day 40: Closing the Practice
Moon in Dhanishtha + Krishna Ekadashi (11th)
I always consider the ending when beginning. And beginning when ending. It’s the circular rhythm, the way of the feminine. When we are born an ending has to happen for this beginning to emerge. We encounter a final death in this life but that is the beginning of unchartered territory.
So, today, I talk about what’s next.
Ekadashi is the very auspicious 11th day of the lunar cycle and the most supportive day in fasting. Periodically, I’ve taking up some sort of fasting on the two 11th days each month, fasting from the mundane world a bit in order to attune to the divinity within. This is a practice and I taught it in 2020 quite a bit. We created ‘plans’. This particular Ekadashi (today) is a time you might consider revitalizing and reinstituting, realigning with your plan, Ekadashi vow (vrata). I pulled mine out to revisit.
We have 4 planets here in Capricorn: Moon, Mars, Venus and Saturn. Great support and also potential turmoil. Many are feeling this and feel drained by it. I’m sure a few of you feel energized.
On Friday at 2:24am the Moon and Sun are at exact degree, creating the next New/Dark Moon. An auspicious time for going within. Diving deep. The light of the Moon is blocked by the Sun, overpowered with the archetype that reflects your Soul Purpose, so you can dive into the storehouse of karmas even deeper to allow something to emerge and have completion. It’s not even that you consciously “do” this. I’m really just explaining what happens and why we feel crappy and to use your conscious awareness to hold this time gently, cradling it as you would cradle a newborn…with softness and loving gaze and knowing it is perfect just as it is, without exception. Isn’t that what we all want ultimately anyway? These karmic contractions are no exception.
This New/Dark Moon is with the Revati Nakshatra is Pisces. It is translated as the worldly and the spiritual, the wealthy and transcendent, and it’s inherent shakti is the power to nourish, to bring life. It is the tail end of the Zodiac, the last of the nakshatras and it’s symbol is that of a single fish jumping out of the water, only to jump back in again. Complete surrender and trust knowing that all is well. Pisces is the 12th house of the zodiac which is a house of surrender, ultimate surrender and Revati is the last of the nakshatras (stars).
This dark moon is asking us to dive deep, gain momentum for the big jump, gather courage and make that leap, not knowing where we land, or how we land. We must surrender trying to control all the outcomes by controlling all the decisions.
This dark moon sets us up for…
April 2nd officially is Navratri, the 9 nights of the Goddess, that honors Durga. I do not teach this but I personally honor it by doing my spring cleanse at this time. I’m sharing because some of you may want to jump onto cleansing the worldly to make space for divinity (in the downline of your mental, emotional, physiology and anatomical realms).
So you see, there really is no ending, just new beginnings. The fish jumps out of the water only to jump back in for another round.
I welcome you to join me in closing this chapter as we begin a new chapter on Tuesday evening, 6-7:30pm (3/29) in an Honoring Restorative Yoga class online.
a bunch of pillows, cushions, bolsters
warmth, quiet, stillness
a willingness to explore in quiet
If you are not part of the monthly Wisdom Sanctuary membership, this class is $15 and you can sign up here: https://thewisdomsanctuary.as.me/onlineclass
Journal/Prompt: Spend time today reflecting on the revelations of the last 40 days. Honor the closing of this circle in your own way.
I’d really like to hear how these 40 days went for you. Click below to comment and share!